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Date
Sun, 4/22
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7:30 PM
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Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar

4.5
421 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Boutique Wine • Hand Crafted Beer • Bistro Food • Late Night Dining
Gravity is wine and much more. It starts with the grape and continues with the crush and flows to the cellar where the wine rests until it arrives in its entire splendor on your palate.
Gravity Bistro & Wine Bar is the newest addition to the "Restaurants From Scratch" group offering an extensive international beer and wine list with great food to complement your memorable experience. Chef Billy Hazra capitalizes on French and Italian influences with a wine country touch of simplicity to create fresh classic fare. Our staff is eager to share their knowledge and passion to assist you with your selections and questions.
Whether an impromptu light bite and beverage in our wine bar downstairs, a group of friends at one of our community tables, or a cozy table upstairs, let Gravity take you away to the wine and beer regions of the world.
We look forward to you joining us any evening.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Californian, French
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Hours of operation
FALL/WINTER HOURS

4:00 pm to 1:00 am Monday - Tuesday
Kitchen serves to midnight

4:00 pm to 2:00 am Friday - Saturday
Kitchen serves to 1:00 am

4:00 pm to midnight Sunday
Kitchen serves to 11:00 pm

DINNER
4:00 pm everyday

HAPPY HOUR
4:00 to 6:00 pm Monday - Friday

LATE NIGHT MENU
OYSTERS & CHAMPAGNE
10:00 pm every night

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Phone number
(650) 327-3161
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bedri Inkya
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University Ave.
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Parking details
There is limited street parking on Emerson. Public parking lots located on Emerson St. across from the restaurant, and another public parking lot behind the restaurant off High Street with a walkway to Emerson. There is also a public parking structure with entrances on High and Alma between Hamilton and University and a second public parking garage under City Hall at Hamilton and Ramona.
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Special events & promotions
Oysters Before...After???
Specially priced oysters after 10 pm daily.
Oysters on the half shell, grilled, roasted or oyster cocktail!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Hosting a party or event? Upstairs is available for private parties with seating up to fifty for dinner, and eighty for cocktail receptions.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Join us for Brunch or Dinner in celebration of Mothers and families everywhere. Our Chef's have created a special brunch and dinner menu with some of our favorite items along with some special items for mom's and your enjoyment. Make your reservations early.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 421 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.3
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3.9
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 5, 2018

nice place for a drink and some appetizers, they have a happy hour menu that is quiet nice, partly French partly Italian. The staff is friendly.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

This was our first time at Gravity. Liked the menu and the interesting wine list. Food and service was good, only "off" note was overwhelming garlic in a porcini pasta dish with pesto. Would have liked to appreciate the porcinis more. Will try it again.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Really nice and attentive server. Two very good appetizers, and one that was really not very good. But when we told the manager about the not good one (which, admittedly, we’d eaten, because we were super hungry), he didn’t offer to take it off the bill, which I thought was unusual given the type of restaurant and the price tags. I’d probably go back here, but I’d avoid that beet salad. ;) Nice atmosphere and a delicious ‘cucumber fresco’ cocktail as well.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Service wasn’t very attentive. We arrived right at opening and didn’t get our order taken for 25min bc the server was still performing opening tasks. On the happy hour menu one of the wines featured was not available- this seems like an easy fix. Server was not knowledgeable at all about the wine.

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The food is solid, but the prices are out of whack (probably 30% higher than they should be). That's probably why they were the only restaurant that had availability when we went.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The service was outstanding! Food was delicious - a great venue for visiting with colleagues!

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

As always Gravity Bistro did not disappoint- attentive service, great wine list and awesome food. This time we opted for lots of appetizers and shared them amongst us. The meatballs, beet salad and mussels where outstanding and the cheese selection plate was well put together. The salads were fresh and nicely, not heavy, dressed.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Friendly attentive service, nice selection on the menu and at the bar. Nothing was 'write home' amazing or memorable but we had some wine and cheese to start and enjoyed a nice beet salad and then a variety of folks at our table had short ribs, pasta, burger - all very good. Not cheap but we didn't feel it was too excessive for the price/area/quality.

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2.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Extremely expensive and very small portions of food. Especially disappointed with the cheese tray. Great wine but $20 for a modest glass.

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2018

I've ate at Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar a few different times. I think the food is really good, and their happy hour wines have been hits/misses. My only complaint is the service-- I've ate here and had great service, and also at other times have had bad service (i.e. ordered happy hour drinks and appetizers, and then never saw our waiter again to continue ordering drinks/dinner). Like I already said, so far all of the food has been good (i.e. prime filet with frites, the ragu pasta dish, etc.). I'd like to come back here again, but I just hope the service will be better in the future.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was great, I especially liked the rib eye steak.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

One of our favorites. This was a New Years Eve dinner. My wife and I have dined at Gravity multiple times. I had pork tenderloin which was exquisite. My wife had prime rib which she raved about repeatedly. The accompanying touches were excellent. The restaurant was featuring a prix fixe menu that included more than we could comfortably consume so our server allowed us to dine ala carte. We each ordered the special "flight" of 3 champagnes which made the evening extra special. No negatives.

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2.0Dined on December 12, 2017

This experience was disappointing. The reservation was not honored (had to wait 20 minutes for a table), the noise level was entirely too loud, and the food was VERY slow. The service was mediocre at best. My biggest complaint was that it didn't seem like our entrees were even in the works until after our appetizers were finished. The main dishes took an extremely long time to arrive. I do not recommend this place-- there's so many better options nearby in downtown Palo Alto.

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

Great wine list and awesome good choices. Mussels, duck confit, appetizers and pasta were all exceptional. Something for everyone on the menu. The service was very attentive and quick.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a fabulous four course Pre Fixe Thanksgiving dinner at Gravity Bistro. We started with a veal croquette taster followed with an avocado tomato bruschetta toast. For my entree I had the turkey served over a sweet potato purée with stuffing and gravy, yumm! My husband opted for the petite filet served medium rare with a wild mushroom sauté with shaved brussel sprouts. For dessert we all had the chocolate cake with a very moist gooey center, very decadent. A great value for a four course holiday meal with great food, service and ambience.

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1.0Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was horrendous on a Sunday night. I don't think there was a chef in the kitchen the night I was there, and I'm not exaggerating.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The seared scallops were delicious. We each had a wine flight, which we really enjoyed tasting. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. The vibe was energetic and lively, without being too noisy. There was plenty of space between tables so it felt spacious.

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3.0Dined on October 5, 2017

The company that I was with made it a fun night, but Gravity was a let down. We were seated at this raised booth in the back of the restaurant (downstairs). It was too tall for our feet to reach the floor and the booth gave no support for feet like tall chairs do, so we were all uncomfortable and ended up sitting cross-legged. Odd set up. Service was spotty and slow (and the waiter just wasn't friendly). Food was so-so. Decent appetizers and wine but disappointing entrees.

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1.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Not good. Pasta was terrible. I had the radiatori and it was tasteless - watery, soft (overcooked) and the sauce was awful. Wife's ravioli was a bit better but not good. Wine and beer prices are outrageously high. Most wines $16 to $20 per glass. Beers were $12 to $14. Wife's appetizer cheese plate was good and my Burrata appetizer was good.

Not sure how this place stays in business. Mostly downstairs wine crowd. Young people dressed poorly - sneakers & jeans.

I have lived on the peninsula now for about 2 years and this was the 1st restaurant I did not like. I go out to dinner 1 or 2 x per week. And the Italian restaurants I have been too have all been very good. I am impressed overall with the restaurant scene here but this place was below average in terms of food and price value.

I was due for a bad one.

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2017

Very noisy, very slow service, said it was a birthday celebration... they forgot. Food was terrific!

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3.0Dined on August 25, 2017

Great drinks but inconsistent and pricey food. Frito Misto too salty, polenta too bland. Service lacked attention - lots of waiting for the server to come by.

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2.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Have enjoyed this restaurant for years up until this last visit. Not sure if they changed owners or managers but it was awful. Almost empty when it used to be full at 8pm. Service was pathetic. Waitress could not even describe any of the dishes. Food brought out in wrong order, had to ask for things multiple times. We were seated towards the back in a booth that used to be the nicest tables but the kitchen staff and waiters were all laughing and throwing things around in the kitchen to the point where we couldn't even hear our own conversation at our table. Where was the manager? Who would want to eat on a restaurant like that? Not me ever again.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Gravity is a real fun place to hang out. The drinks are a bit pricy but Jose , Justin and the gang know how to take care of their clients. The food is always very tasty. Try the shortribs and the meatballs and you won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Our server Judith was awesome! We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

We had a nice table upstairs, where it started out quieter than downstairs. I took the waiter's recommendation for the short rib and it was every bit as delicious as he described. The focaccia with seasoned olive oil was delightful. Our waiter was very personable and he checked on us often. It did get pretty loud as the evening went on. But that meant it was a popular restaurant.

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2017

Service was very slow the night we were there. We had to ask for our server to be flagged down at least three times so we could order more food and drinks

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3.0Dined on July 11, 2017

The bucatini was just ok. The portion was a lot smaller than my friends portion of risotto. For the price to portion ratio, it was not worth it. The service was ok, not very attentive, considering we were the only ones in the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Great vibe. Attentive, skilled, classy waiter. Food was delish. Extensive wine list.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2017

The food is delicious, but the prices for wine and food are outrageously high. For example, we ordered an appetizer of three bruschetta with different toppings. These were not bruschetta; they were each the size of tiny slices from a very thin baguette. The toppings (about 1 teaspoon each) were delectable, however. What was the price for the three? $11. Wine-by-the-glass prices begin, as I remember, about $10-12 and go sky high. The food portions are tiny. A salad of four tiny Romaine leaves was $11. The waiter warned us we could not split it satisfactorily. The entrée sizes were reasonably sized in comparison, I suppose, but in reality quite modest. This restaurant is not a Michelin-starred spot with ambiance and décor to match, but the prices are certainly very high for a wine bar/bistro, which this place appears to style itself as. Great chef. He might do better in Paris, where cuisine minceur with appropriate prices is more at home (but the décor would have to be very elegant to match). If you have an expense account and/or you are one of the 1%, this restaurant might be for you.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2017

I've been here once for lunch and once for dinner and both times were amazing. The food is really good and reasonably priced for the amount of care that goes into the dishes. Nice sized restaurant with good ambiance, great service, wonderful overall.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

I enjoyed Gravity. The service was excellent. The food was very good. I had the beet salad and ravioli for the entree. The ravioli could have used a touch more salt, but the flavors in the mushroom sauce made up for most of that. I would recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2017

Portions were small but good. Foie Gras portion was tiny, barely enough to enjoy the flavors.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Booked a table for Saturday night. We loved everything about our experience here. We picked this place for its wine flights and small bites. Though there were plenty of people, it was not a rowdy environment. Our waiter was very patient, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. What a perfect evening! All and all, I would definitely come back again.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

I took my wife and daughter to Gravity Bistro and Wine Bar for Mothers' Day dinner. I expected that we'd enjoy the experience, but the service upstairs really was fantastic and the food was wonderful. The restaurant is not listed as being "kid friendly", but our six-year-old felt very welcome and also enjoyed herself. There are plenty of great food options for kids. I heartily recommend a visit.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Date night with excellent service! Mike was very friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, and an overall wonderful waiter:server. The meals we had were very creative and delicious! I loved the risotto and the palenta with short ribs. What more could you ask for?

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1.0Dined on April 25, 2017

Wine by the glass was either mediocre (2 out of 3) or downright unpalatable. At least it was greatly overpriced (1 glass for about the retail cost of a bottle). Food was bland. "Spicy" pasto was tasteless and ravioli with porcini mushrooms did not have porcini mushrooms. Would not go back.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

Nice dinner with friends.
Great diversity of foods, fun tapas and also great entrees.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Originally sought the restaurant scene for a place in Palo Alto that served wine flights. Gravity has a few selections of decent wine flights and met what I was looking for. Their pasta dishes had great flavor and spice and I sampled two dishes. Waitstaff was very courteous and conversational. I will return again to try out other menu items in the near future.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2017

Casual atmosphere, but really tasty food. All four of us were enthusiastic about our food.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

We went for the first time when my parents were visiting. Delicious food and terrific service. My mother was thrilled to find a separate printed vegetarian menu. It was quiet at lunch and we were able to sit and linger over coffee and incredibly rich and delicious chocolate croissant bread pudding. Will definitely return.

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